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Paul G. Allen Gives $50,000 to the SODO Track

50 artists • 32 buildings • 3 summers • 2 miles • 1 epic street art corridor

Artist David Rice works on a SODO Track mural, August 2016. Photo by @wiseknave.
August 23, 2016 â€“ 4Culture is pleased to announce that Paul G. Allen has made a generous contribution of $50,000 to support The SODO Track, a street art project that is transforming two miles of building backs in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. This contribution is a critical first step in raising the money needed to implement the project’s vision to establish a creative gateway to downtown Seattle and a destination for international visitors and local residents alike.

More than 50 artists will paint large-scale murals on 32 buildings along the SODO Busway between now and 2018 to create one epic street art experience. 50,000 transit riders use the corridor every weekday, including light rail passengers. For those traveling from SeaTac Airport, The SODO Track will be a first impression of downtown Seattle.  

$40,000 supports the recent completion of Phase 1 of the project. A team of 11 local, national and international artists collaborated to paint four building backs during late July and early August to align with Seattle Art Fair activities and additional summer visitors. Youth from Urban Artworks, an organization working to transform the lives of youth through public art, painted one of the murals as part of Phase 1 efforts. The remaining $10,000 will kick start Phase 2, which begins next summer as more artists from Seattle and around the world continue to re-imagine the busway and more buildings are painted. 

SODO Track artists are addressing the theme of motion, speed and progression, responding to the in-motion viewing experience of the transit riders. The project curator and the artist teams are also responding to the unique configuration of the transit corridor, where each mural is part of a continuous line of sight enabling the busway to transform into an imaginative raceway of art in motion.

4Culture seeks strategic headline sponsors to join Paul G. Allen and the project partners to financially support The SODO Track. An estimated $300,000 is needed to commission murals for the targeted 32 buildings along the busway. In addition to funding, The SODO Track team is looking for airline and hotel sponsors and in-kind donations of paint and equipment. Inquiries should be directed to Tamar Benzikry,, 206 263.1617. 

The SODO Track is a project seeded by 4Culture, working with artist Gage Hamilton in collaboration with Urban Artworks, the SODO BIA, and Sound Transit.
Artist Ola Volo works on a SODO Track mural, August 2016. Photo by @wiseknave.

The SODO Track is an initiative of 4Culture Public Art, which provides opportunities for King County’s artists, residents, and visitors to experience, discover, and re-imagine public space through creative conversations and community action.
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About 4Culture
4Culture is a unique integration of the arts, heritage, preservation and public art; committed to advancing community through culture. Public exhibitions and performances, public art, preservation of significant sites and interpretation of local history deepen our connections to the places in which we live and work. 4Culture stimulates cultural activity and enhances the assets that distinguish a community as vibrant, unique and authentic.
About Paul G. Allen
Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and working to change the future. In 1986 he formed Vulcan Inc., his private company which oversees all his philanthropic and business activities including but not limited to Vulcan Aerospace, Vulcan Capital, Vulcan Real Estate, Vulcan Productions, Vulcan Philanthropy, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Seattle Art Fair, Upstream, as well as sports teams, research institutes, museums and arts and entertainment venues.
With a lifetime personal giving totaling over $2 billion, Mr. Allen is dedicated to tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges through his philanthropic initiatives and business ventures. Mr. Allen is deeply invested locally in his hometown of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest while taking measured steps resulting in global impact. Mr. Allen is passionate about exploring new frontiers, fueling discovery and experimenting on multiple fronts. To learn more, visit



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